More of a foodie than a floral gal? This DIY centerpiece is visually striking and the artichokes can also double as favors afterwards. You can find fresh artichokes year round but the best seasons are spring, followed by summer to mid-fall. My favorite fresh-from-the-farm stand for artichokes is Pezzini Farms, located in Castroville, CA, which also has an online store and will ship farm-fresh artichokes anywhere in the U.S. for incredible prices (seriously you may never look at a grocery store artichoke the same once you've had these!).
How To: 1. Group one small, one medium and one tall cylinder glass vase on a tabletop. 2. Stack whole artichokes inside, positioning some upright and some sideways to make an artful arrangement.
Here's some other seasonal ideas for cylinder centerpieces:
Spring/Summer: Apples and Red Pears Kumquats and Oranges Lemons and/or Lime
Fall: Apples and/or Pomegranates White Mini Pumpkins and Gourds Multicolored Indian Corn, Pumpkins and Squash Pinecones, Fall Leaves, Seed Pods and Cinnamon Sticks
Winter: White pine cones and pine needles Ornaments Mixed Nuts Pomegranates and Cranberries Peppermints and Candy Cane Sticks